The middle school English program is designed to thoroughly prepare our students for the rigorous study of rhetoric and literary analysis they will encounter in our high school classes. The curriculum focuses on teaching and practicing the tools of communication. Our students work to develop their ability to express themselves eloquently, in both written and oral form, to analyze and respond to the ideas of others, and to organize their thoughts into a coherent, well-developed thesis.
Through the study of classical literature, our students enter the Great Conversation that has encouraged, illuminated, and demanded deep thinking and debate across the centuries. Our students are immersed in the study of the rich and meaningful heritage of stories in Western culture, with particular attention to the ways in which stories reflect and shape society. We examine common elements and trace narrative threads as they recur across the ages. Students learn the tools of literary analysis, and practice their skills through frequent oral and written work.
At this critical point in our students’ academic development, we seek to nurture and expand their love of reading, encouraging them to broaden their reading horizons through exploration of a variety of genres.Reading, literary analysis, writing, poetry, spelling, grammar,vocabulary development, introductory logic, and listening and speaking are integral components of the well-rounded program of middle school English studies. Students are expected to be able to read and write in cursive, in order to facilitate communication and independent study of source documents in middle school, high school, and beyond.